Forward Forum


There’s Little Hope for Peace if Occupation Is a Proper Noun

By David Twersky

I hate the Occupation and I hate the occupation. I hate them both equally. I long for a time when it will end, but I fear the second will end because of the tyranny of the first. Let me explain.Read More


The Questions That Might Otherwise Be Lost

By Leonard Fein

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav: “As your answers have become my questions, may my questions become your answers.”Read More


Let Cease-fire Arm Voices of Mideast Moderation

By Eric Yoffie

At last, a flicker of hope on the peace front. The cease-fire, we fervently pray, will hold. A flicker of hope, and a welcome opportunity to reenergize American Jews, particularly those of moderate views, and to engage them more intensively in the search for peace.Read More


But Bubbe and Zaide Were Hippies

By Aurora Mendelsohn

On a Friday night at my shul, the children gathered to hear the rabbi tell an after-dinner story. His engaging style had them riveted to the tale of a bubbe who teaches her little grandson all about how faith and song magically hid her in the shtetl from the Cossacks.Read More


The Lost Spirit of Christmas Past

By Eric Frey

As a young boy growing up in officially Catholic Austria, December was a time to realize what it meant to be Jewish. In the birthplace of “Silent Night,” Christmas was a deeply religious experience from which even non-religious Jews consciously excluded themselves.Read More


Making Deals

By Gus Tyler

In our lifetime (mine, anyway), several political eras have been tagged with the word “deal.” There was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous New Deal. Roosevelt’s successor, Harry Truman, liked to refer to his reforms as the Fair Deal. There are some who refer to our current regime as the Raw Deal or perhaps as an Or-deal. But the use of the term “deal” dates back much further, to the opening years of the 20th century, when a president named Theodore Roosevelt tagged his reforms the Square Deal.Read More


To Those Who Would Count Stones Thrown

By Leonard Fein

Crunch time approaches, as we have known for years it one day would. The texture of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is about to undergo a seismic shift.Read More


The Jewishness of Joseph Lieberman

By Daniel Treiman

Joseph Lieberman may have held on to his Senate seat, but it’s safe to say that there were plenty of Jews who weren’t celebrating with him on election night. Indeed, Lieberman — one of the greatest political path-breakers in American Jewish history — has long been a controversial figure among his fellow Jews.Read More


The Socialism of Bernie Sanders

By Harold Meyerson

At 2 in the morning on a November night in 1914, on the square that abutted the Forward building in the middle of the Lower East Side, a crowd that had been gathered there all evening heard an announcement it had awaited for hours: Tammany had conceded. New York’s 9th Congressional District had a new representative, Socialist Party candidate Meyer London.Read More


Jerusalem’s Pride Divide

By Isi Leibler

The passionate controversy over the gay pride parade planned for Jerusalem earlier this month brought to a head the worst aspects of life in Israel. The storm can be viewed as a microcosm of the decadent trends that have steadily infiltrated our society, dramatically highlighting the ability of minority groups to polarize and hijack the national agenda.Read More


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